World Cup winning England defender, The Leeds United legend and former Republic of Ireland boss Jack Charlton has died, aged 85 on Friday, his family confirmed. Charlton had been diagnosed with lymphoma in the last year and was also battling dementia.
Jack Charlton, an uncompromising central defender who played alongside his brother, Bobby, in England’s World Cup-winning side in 1966 before enjoying coaching success with Ireland, has died. He was 85. Nicknamed “Big Jack,” and celebrated for his earthy “beer and cigarettes” image, Charlton was Footballer of the Year in England in 1967. He spent all his club career at Leeds from 1952-73, tying its all-time record of 773 appearances. He won every domestic honor, including the league title in 1969.
“As well as a friend to many, he was a much-adored husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather,” the family said in a statement. “We cannot express how proud we are of the extraordinary life he led and the pleasure he brought to so many people in different countries and from all walks of life.”
“He was a thoroughly honest, kind, funny and genuine man who always had time for people. His loss will leave a huge hole in all our lives but we are thankful for a lifetime of happy memories.”
The England Twitter account said “A legend of the game. Rest in peace, Jack.”
E F L Tweeted “We will never forget him.” We are saddened to learn of the passing of @LUFC and @England legend Jack Charlton at the age of 85.
Charlton made a club-record 773 appearances for Leeds United as a player and was a World Cup winner with his country.
Leeds United Tweeted “LUFC are deeply saddened to learn club legend Jack Charlton passed away last night at the age of 85”
Charlton was part of the 1966 England team that lifted the World Cup trophy.
His biggest achievement came with the national team that beat Germany 4-2 after extra time in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley Stadium.